Mrigashiras, aka: Mṛgaśiras, Mriga-shiras; 3 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Mṛgaśiras can be transliterated into English as Mrgasiras or Mrigashiras, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

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Mṛgaśiras (मृगशिरस्) refers to the fifth of twenty-seven constellations (ṛkṣa), according to the Mānasāra. Ṛkṣa is the third of the āyādiṣaḍvarga, or “six principles” that constitute the “horoscope” of an architectural or iconographic object. Their application is intended to “verify” the measurements of the architectural and iconographic object against the dictates of astrology that lay out the conditions of auspiciousness.

The particular nakṣatra, also known as ṛkṣa (eg., mṛgaśiras) of all architectural and iconographic objects (settlement, building, image) must be calculated and ascertained. This process is based on the principle of the remainder. An arithmetical formula to be used in each case is stipulated, which engages one of the basic dimensions of the object (breadth, length, or perimeter/circumference). In the context of village planning and measurement, the text sates that among the stars (ṛkṣa), the ones that are pūrṇa (odd), are auspicious and the ones that are karṇa (even), inauspicious.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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1) Mṛgaśiras (मृगशिरस्) refers to one of the twenty-seven constellations (nakṣatra) according to according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Mṛgaśiras is the Sanskrit equivalent of Chinese Tsouei, Tibetan Mgo and modern Orionis.

Note: Mṛgaśiras is classified in the fourth group: “The moon revolves around the earth in 28 days. If the moon enters one of the nine following constellations (eg., Mṛgaśiras), then at that moment the earth trembles as if it would collapse and this trembling extends as far as Devendra. Then peace (yogakṣema) is plentiful, rain favors the growth of the five grains, the emperor is kind (śiva), the great ministers are virtuous and everyone is peaceful”.

2) Mṛgaśiras (मृगशिरस्) is the name of a Brahmacārin according to the Parūrasutta embedded in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXX).—Accordingly, “Again the Buddha asked the Brahmacārin: ‘According to you, did the Brahmacārin Lou t’sou (Mṛgaśiras) find the (true) Path?’ Vivādabala replied: ‘Mṛgaśiras is the foremost of all those who have found the Path’.”

Note: Mṛgaśiras, in Chinese Lou t’eou or Mi li ngo che lo, seems to be unknown to the old canonical tradition and appears only in relatively late texts; however his reputation is well established: among the Buddha’s disciples, he excelled in analysis of knowledge and the accuracy of his memory (Tseng yi a han); he skillfully explained the omens in human relationships (A lo han kiu tö king).

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Mṛgaśiras (मृगशिरस्).—n.,

Mṛgaśiras is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mṛga and śiras (शिरस्). See also (synonyms): mṛgaśira.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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